Who'd have guessed that the longest continuously farmed site in New York State is in New York City?
Dating to 1697, its 47 acres now make up the Queens County Farm Museum, which I only found out about one Friday when I bought some scrumptious veggies at their stand at the Union Square greenmarket.
I'm eager to visit the farm itself, but unfortunately won't make their Summer Feast in the Field--that's happening tomorrow, August 11, at 7:00 pm.
Those lucky folks who do will first tour the farm and then dine on farm produce, mostly gathered that day. The chef is Tamara Reynolds, who hosts the Sunday Night Dinner in Astoria and co-wrote Forking Fantastic! Put the Party back in Dinner Party.
Here's her menu:
Kale and Cucumber Salad
Eggplant, Summer Squash, and Lentils with Pomegranate Molasses
Queens Farm Free-Range Chicken bathed in Adobo, wrapped in banana leaves and slow-roasted "Robert Rodriguez Style"
Collards in Spicy Potlikker with Smoked Pork
Panzanella, made with Heirloom Tomatoes
Turkish Beans, slow-cooked in Olive Oil and Garlic
Stone Fruit in Queens Farm Honey and Rum with Basil Whipped Cream
The dinner is BYOB and costs $75. As of today, tickets are still available.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, New York 11004-1129